These belong here, not just always in the larger Essentials
The CRTC states:
Affordable basic package
Priced at no more than $25/month (excluding equipment)
Telus meets this requirement and includes the additional channels you suggest in their Essentials package. Basic has a minimum monthly cost of $30 (plus installation costs) or $40 if you want a PVR. Telus Essentials is $38 including PVR & one wireless box. For $8 additional per month (essentially free for the first year) you get a pretty good complement of channels.
Remember, the CRTC push was about CHOICE, not savings.